Let’s say you live in an apartment building, and the only way to buy groceries was to order them and have them delivered to your apartment.
Everyone is told “To place your order, simply call this toll free number, state your name, address, and what you want to purchase.” The cost of the groceries is . . . → Read More: Politics, Re-Spun: An Analogy For Understanding Violent Protest In Baltimore
Why were you outraged over Russia locking up Pussy Riot but ambivalent over America bringing its full weight down on open access activist Aaron Swartz? Simple, because hating a Russian government is easier than improving your own.
When Russian punk band Pussy Riot received 2 years for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” there were weeks . . . → Read More: The Scott Ross: How The US Used Pussy Riot And You Liked It
The opening graphic in The Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic Book is striking, showing a Black Bloc member squaring off against a cop, each as representatives of the clash between Empire and free peoples from centuries past. To what degree do you feel that the clashes at today’s summits represent a continuity with the history of . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Anti-Capitalism and Violence: Gord Hill Interviewed by Kersplebedeb
On KPFA’s Letters and Politics show featured an interview with Gabriel Kuhn, on the subject of the West German Autonomen, and the book Fire and Flames (which Kuhn translated into english). i have mirrored the interview here; it is well worth listening to. i found his comments on the evolution of the Black Bloc . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Fire and Flames, Black Blocs, and Militant Resistance
Reposted from the excellent signalfire blog:
We are now in the 13th week of a Quebec student strike against a 75% tuition hike – the longest student strike in Quebec history – the conflict has become a rallying point for any and all opposition to austerity here, and clearly represents a political milestone, perhaps (we . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Report on Quebec’s Student Strike
Class Antagonisms Inside theFundamental Contradiction of National Oppression 7–4–47 ADM (11) Havingjust passed the 19th, & quickly approaching the 20th, anniversary of theL.A. Rebellion, We should be reminded here of what Rodney King whimpered as he stoodin front of a bank of microphones surrounded by class enemies & neo-colonialpoliticians. Weshould remember how he’d . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: Class Antagonisms Inside the Fundamental Contradiction of National Oppression, by Sanyika Shakur
Footage flickers from the Vancouver Stanley Cup riots. It looks like everyone is angry and no one knows why. Green and blue jersey wearing rioters cover the backdrop of the stage of the Cultch as six actors lurch, kick, destroy, and vent frustration that we all suspect has very little to do with hockey. It […] . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Us and Them – Dialogue meets theatre in this look at how we create "the other" and build bridges
Some thoughts and links on the riots across England:Not everyone in London is either a rioting, firebomb-throwing yob looter or an authoritarian “send-in-the-army” wannabe aristocrat. Some of them are good community minded people. Let hope these people… . . . → Read More: the woodshed: Anarchy in the U.K.
Greek Parliament, Syntagma Athens – by kouk
News outlets around the world have focused heavily on the so-called Greek Sovereign debt crisis this week. The proposed solution–an IMF loan package requiring “austerity measures” and a fire-sale of public assets–has sparked massive unrest in the capital, where people from all walks of life are decrying . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Greek Sovereign Debt Crisis a Sovereignty Crisis
Only in Vancouver would you see a riot after a hockey defeat. Afterall, Libyans are being killed by fighter jets, so how do we justify the actions that had taken place? Rex Murphy (in this video) give his expressive opinion on the mindless riot that took place. . . . → Read More: The Global Express: Rex Murphy on Vancouver Riot
Coverage of the uprising in Egypt in its second week has become characterised by a number of types of reports, most of which paint colorful pictures, but do little to inform on the situation. There are the political discussions as to the West’s reaction, and how the uprising will unbalance the Arab world and its . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Egypt and the Press: Stories and Stories
Reports of civil unrest and suicidal protests in Algeria and Tunisia these past two weeks are highlighting the precarious conditions under which many people across the world live: on the verge of starvation, hopelessly unemployed and frequently homeless. For decades these two neighboring nations have been considered relatively stable, if authoritarian African countries; with education . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Tunisia and Algeria: North African States of Unrest
This week: 1. Olympic Resistance in Vancouver 2. RBC gets torched 3. They few, we many 4. Talkin’ bout a revolution 5. Matthew Morgan-Brown speaks to subMedia (Interview with MMB about being arrested, updates regarding Roger’s situation and regarding… . . . → Read More: Sketchy Thoughts: subMedia Riot 2010! Triple Cheeseburger Worldwide Exclusive Interview
Reports and video footage of violent demonstration and criminality by ultra-nationalist and racist organisations in Russia this week are forming an interesting juxtaposition to recent political protests in the West. If one is interested in what ‘violent thuggery’ actually looks like, witness this week’s outburst of unrest in Moscow: Rampaging gangs seeking racist revenge against . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Russia, Violence and Protest: What it is and what it is not
International headlines in the last two weeks have reported a massive amount of social unrest and unsettling news across the developed world, including riots and economic data which on the surface may appear discordant and unrelated, but are united as part of larger political and economic trends. Fees Protest, by Andrea_F Days of protests and . . . → Read More: World Headlines Review: Riots and Disparity: Rome, London and Toronto